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Disney+ Merging With Hulu on App as Millions Flee Services

By    |   Sunday, 12 November 2023 10:56 PM EST

As part of an entertainment giant that has been struggling to connect with audiences, as indicated most recently by the flop of "The Marvels," which was criticized for its woke trailer, the streaming service Disney+ will soon be merging with the company's Hulu service, Disney CEO Bob Iger said.

According to Inside the Magic, despite its vast array of family favorites — the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Star Wars franchise, and others — Disney+ has been struggling to compete with other streaming services such as Netflix, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Since Disney took on Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis on his state's sex ed curriculum, the company has lost billions as customers have been turning off Disney+ and Hulu.

In March 2021, the company's market cap was roughly $358 billion. Today, it is roughly $155 billion.

According to USA Today, in October, Disney changed the pricing for their ad-free streaming services.

The ad-free version of Disney+ now costs $13.99 per month, up from $10.99 — a 30% increase — while the ad-free version of Hulu increased from $14.99 to $17.99 per month.

Disney is set to fully acquire Hulu, suggesting a shift toward consolidating its streaming assets.

Starting in December, a beta service combining Disney+ and Hulu will launch, with a full transition by March 2024.

Iger's plan responds to the need for a more competitive edge in streaming and addresses the broader content range that Hulu brings to the table, which is not exclusively family oriented.

The move to a combined streaming platform indicates a shift in Disney's bundle strategy, potentially offering more integrated services and upsell opportunities.

Despite the streaming losses, Iger is betting on a revised ESPN+ with new features like live TV and sports betting, marking a significant pivot from Disney's traditional brand.

The new approach aims to adapt to changing market conditions and consumer preferences, though it may lead to a reevaluation of subscriptions by current Disney+ users.

Conservatives and Christian groups have been boycotting Disney for its political activism and earlier this year Disney reported Disney+ and Hulu had lost over 4 million subscribers.

Nick Koutsobinas

Nick Koutsobinas, a Newsmax writer, has years of news reporting experience. A graduate from Missouri State University’s philosophy program, he focuses on exposing corruption and censorship.

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As part of an entertainment giant that has been struggling to connect with audiences, as indicated most recently by the flop of "The Marvels," which was criticized for its woke trailer, the streaming service Disney+ will soon be merging with the company's Hulu service.
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